Suspected guerrillas attack army helicopter, kill 1 soldier
AYACUCHO, Peru (AP) -- Suspected guerrillas attacked an army helicopter
the jungle valley of Peru's Apurimac River, killing one soldier and leaving another
wounded, the army said Sunday.
The attack occurred Saturday near the Monopata military base in Ayacucho
province, 215 miles (350 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Lima.
The helicopter was approaching the base to deliver provisions when presumed
members of the now all but defeated Shining Path rebel group opened fire on the
The gunfire killed one soldier, Edgar Gutierrez, and wounded Army Lt. Waldo
Ruiz. The helicopter pilot was able to maneuver the aircraft away out of the
attack and return to another military base.
Army troops were patrolling the area Sunday in search of the assailants.
Ayacucho province was the epicenter of the Maoist Shining Path insurgency
during the 1980s and early 1990s. The rebel group's strength has diminished
significantly since the arrest of its leader Abimael Guzman in 1992.
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